Gov. Scott Walker today proposed a $140 million boost to the UW System, including a plan that would freeze tuition for in-state undergrads in the first year before cutting it 5 percent the next.
The tuition plan, which Walker unveiled during a tour of three campuses today, would be backfilled with $35 million in additional state aid. The money would be allocated among campuses in proportion to the amount of revenues they would lose as a result of the tuition cut.
The other components of Walker’s plan include:
*not bringing back the $50 million lapse the system was required to make in the 2015-17 budget.
*giving the system $42.5 million in performance-based funding.
*providing an $11.6 million block grant so the system could boost pay for employees.
*providing grants of $700,000 in financial aid to students taking flex option courses, $200,000 to expand a program that provides financial support to expand the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance program, and $100,000 to support Alzheimer’s research.